Posted December 04, 2018 08:54:37When you have your mind turned to something that is outside your natural environment, your ability to focus on your task is compromised.
And in many cases, this is the point where you are at risk of distraction.
“In many situations, when you try to focus your attention on something, you’re going to end up distracted,” said Stephen Fotheringham, a psychologist at University College London and author of the book Mind Games.
“It is often hard to tell whether you’ve been distracted by something that you didn’t intend to be distracting.
And the more you try, the more likely it is that you are distracted.”
Dr Fotherham said there was an obvious solution.
“We know that when you put yourself in a virtual environment, you can put yourself into a very specific, challenging, interesting state,” he said.
“So instead of focusing on the task, you get a feeling of wanting to move around in that environment.”
We know, for example, that when we’re in a simulated situation, we’re more likely to be distracted than when we are in a real environment,” he explained.
But why does this happen?”
It’s really hard to know,” Dr Fotherington said.”
Most of the time, it’s because we don’t know how to change our environment,” said Dr Foulds.”
When we are faced with a challenging task, we may be more likely than others to take the time to mentally map the environment.
It’s really interesting to find out how the brain does that.
“Dr Jodi Haines, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Southern California, said: “There’s a lot of research showing that people can take time to process the information in the environment they are in.””
So it’s not like you just sit there, do your job, and move on,” she said.
For example you could put a toy on a computer and go in there and try to solve it.””
For example, you could go in and do your own experiment in the virtual environment and try and see if you can solve the problem,” she explained.
“For example you could put a toy on a computer and go in there and try to solve it.”
Dr Hainess also suggested that the idea of taking the time out of your day to mentally manipulate your environment was not only a viable option for mental health, it was also an excellent strategy for the digital age.
“This is a big opportunity to be engaged in something that we don´t do much in our day-to-day life,” she noted.
Topics:psychology-and-psychophysics,psychology,technology,science-and,science,health,science-,health-policy,education,united-kingdom,new-zealandFirst posted December 04.